Get ready to battle the beasts with "She Kills Monsters"

January 07 2020
Get ready to battle the beasts with "She Kills Monsters" Photo Todd Collins

Action-packed adventure, 90's pop culture, and mighty monsters at war with strong female protagonists? Get ready. 

From January 16 through 19, University of Utah’s Department of Theatre will present Qui Nguyen’s "She Kills Monsters" at Kingsbury Hall, by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Directed by Jamie Rocha Allan, this tale of friendship, loss, and acceptance follows young woman Agnes Evans as she grieves the death of her sister, Tilly. While exploring her sister’s life, Agnes discovers that Tilly was a well-known Dungeons & Dragons player and dives into a fantastical world chock-full of supermodel elves, dominatrix warrior women, and nasty ogres.

As director Jamie Rocha Allan describes, the production is the result of many creative collaborations.  “What most excites me about bringing She Kills Monsters to the stage is the chance to show off all the incredible collaborators I have worked with, from faculty, to students to freelance artists. This really is an ensemble show on and off the stage.”

The talented cast includes members of both the Actor Training Program and Musical Theatre Program including Allison Billmeyer (Tilly Evans), Piper Salazar (Agnes Evans), Ashley Bostrom, Krystal DeCristo, Amona Faatau, Jack Gardner, Connor Nelis Johnson, Aria Klein, Jonathan Onyango, Makena Reynolds, Keira Stogin, and Lexie Thomsen. 

Puppet designer Matt Sorensen collaborated with students to create several original puppets that enhance the imaginary world of monsters and dragons. The production features scenic design by Thomas George, costume design by Peter Terry, lighting design by Rachael Harned, sound design and composition by Gerard Black, dramaturgy by Mason Duncan, choreography by Aria Klein, and fight choreography by Harris Smith. 

Read more about the creation of the production’s stunning original puppetry here

She Kills Monsters
Kingsbury Hall 
January 16 – 19 at 7:30 pm
Matinees January 18* and 19 at 2:00 pm
*ASL interpretation available

Post-production talkback with members of the popular D&D podcast Adventures in Questing immediately following the performance on Friday, January 17.
Post-production talkback with the cast and creative team following the 7:30 p.m. performance on Saturday, January 18.

General Admission tickets are $18, University of Utah faculty and staff are $15.
University of Utah students are free with ArtsPass (UCard)!  

*Content warning: Children under four years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted. Contains simulated violence, sexual content, adult language, references to suicide.